|Lunar Science and Lunar Laser Ranging - James G. Williams|
Lunar Laser Ranging studies the Moon's internal structure and properties by tracking the variations in the orientation and tidal distortion of the Moon as a function of time. Future missions to the Moon's surface should include new laser ranging instrumentation capable of improved range accuracy.
Keywords: Moon; Laser; Lunar; NASA; Decadal
|Lunar Geophysical Network (LGN) - Chip Shearer|
The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a Lunar Geophysical Network (LGN) mission to the Moon. It was conducted by Marshall Space Flight Center's, Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project team in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). This study was documented based on previous trades, analysis and options for concepts developed by the team over the last 18 months, with a goal of determining whether such a mission could be accomp...
Keywords: Lunar Geophysical Network; (LGN); NASA; Mission Concept Study; Decadal; Lunar; Moon
|Lunar Polar Volatiles Explorer Mission Concept Study - Chip Shearer|
The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of a mission to investigate the possibility of volatiles in permanently shadowed areas of the lunar poles -- the Lunar Polar Volatiles Explorer (LPVE). The overall science goals and objectives were provided as guidelines by the Decadal Survey Inner Planets Panel, with the goal of determining whether such a mission could be accomplished within a Principal Investigator (PI)-led mission cost cap (i.e., New Frontiers)...
Keywords: Moon; Lunar; NASA; Mission Concept Study; Volatiles; Polar